2015

Two Bostons with Weather Extremes – Pella Roustemis (2015 and 2016)

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 in 2015, Canada, F 40 - 44, Roustemis - Pella

Two Bostons with Weather Extremes – Pella Roustemis (2015 and 2016)

I ran my first marathon in October 2013 at the Detroit Free Press marathon. First of all, I couldn’t believe I was going to complete a marathon. It seemed so recently when running just one mile seemed like an eternity. I really didn’t have a particular goal except to finish. I thought it would be great if I could get a sub four hour marathon for my first. Guess what? I did! 3:58-ish. After that, I was hooked! A friend of mine said it would be easy to shave off 15 or so minutes to qualify for Boston. What?!? Really? No way! Well, what I thought was impossible, wasn’t....

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For the rest of my earthly life I can say I am a Boston Marathon finisher – Kathy Wheeler (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 in 2015, Arkansas, F 40 - 44, Wheeler - Kathy

For the rest of my earthly life I can say I am a Boston Marathon finisher – Kathy Wheeler (April 20, 2015)

After six months of fundraising and training, the time finally arrived to make my way to the Bay State to run the 119th Boston Marathon. Training for this marathon wasn’t easy. I fought a tight hamstring the whole training period and was worried how it would feel the day of the race. Would I be able to run? Would I have to walk more than I wanted? But I kept telling myself I am running this race in memory of my Dad and he went through a lot with his liver transplants and didn’t let them stand in the way of his running. So, I resolved to not let a tight hamstring dampen my...

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Exercising My Soul as a Boston Marathon Guide for the Visually Impaired – Vincent Hau (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 in 2015, California, Hau - Vincent, M 35 - 39, Uncategorized

Exercising My Soul as a Boston Marathon Guide for the Visually Impaired – Vincent Hau (April 20, 2015)

Like most avid marathon runners, I’ve always dreamed of running the most prestigious marathon race in the world: the Boston Marathon. I first qualified when I was a medical student nearly eleven years ago, but was afraid of requesting time off from my third-year clinical rotations to run it. For the following ten years I’ve always regretted never asking. Since joining Kaiser Permanente, an institution that values an employee’s health and well-being via a strong work-life balance, I’ve been able to achieve qualifying for the Boston Marathon again. Ten years later, in 2014, I ran the...

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In a Photo Finish with Selfie-Guy – Una Beaudry (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in 2015, Beaudry - Una, Canada, F 45 - 49

In a Photo Finish with Selfie-Guy – Una Beaudry (April 20, 2015)

It took me a long time to complete this story. Partly because of finding the time to write it. Partly because I wasn’t ready to let it go, and putting it down “on paper” seemed to make it final. My first time in Boston! What a beautiful city! Steve and I drove from Ottawa, and daughter Katie took the train from NYC to cheer me on. [Writing this, I’m starting to get emotional already. Sheesh.] Steve and I made our way to the expo and start to soak it in. Oh. My. God. I can’t believe I was at race kit pick up for THE BOSTON MARATHON. It didn’t feel real! I looked around and saw all...

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How could I be giving so much, yet running so slow? – Laura Frey (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 in 2015, F 40 - 44, Frey - Laura, North Carolina

How could I be giving so much, yet running so slow? – Laura Frey (April 20, 2015)

After running back-to-back 2:58:30s in 2013 and 2014, I had set my sights squarely on going under 2:55 at Boston. However, I crossed the finish line on Boylston four minutes slower, not faster. I feel weird saying this, but I’m not as upset as you might think. Clearly, that was not the race I had trained for. While I am bummed I didn’t go sub 2:55, I’m more bummed we had horrible race conditions. That, I can’t control. If we had 40 degrees and a tailwind and I ran the same time, I would be sick to my stomach! I certainly felt long distance support all along the way....

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A redheaded Wellesley girl said “Go for it!” The experience was energizing!- Dale Sandley (April 20, 2015)

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 in 2015, Boston Marathon, M 55 - 59, Sandley - Dale, Wisconsin

A redheaded Wellesley girl said “Go for it!” The experience was energizing!- Dale Sandley (April 20, 2015)

I really haven’t been running very long. When I turned 50, in 2005, I started thinking more about my health, and joined a fitness center. I ran on the treadmill, used the elliptical, and regularly went to fitness classes. In 2010, a buddy talked me into running a 5k with him. This was the first time I ever ran outside. It was a small event and I finished 4th in age group (behind my buddy). My next 5k I finished 3rd in my age group, again behind my buddy. It was wonderful winning an award. I had never played sports in school, so it was a new experience. By my fourth race, I was passing my...

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